A former member of Canada's National Cross Country Ski Team, Sarah was born and raised in Inuit, Dene and Métis communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. After immigrating to Canada, her family worked across the North as educators, and call Thebacha/Fort Smith, NWT, home. Sarah holds a BA in international relations, with distinction from the University of Calgary, and a master’s degree in dispute resolution from the University of Victoria, earning a SSHRC graduate research scholarship.
As a certified Civil Dispute Mediator, Sarah is passionate about working with both communities in the North and internationally to solve problems collaboratively, supporting peace building, sustainable development, human rights and good governance. She has mediated in British Columbia provincial court, and for Canadian sport organizations.
In 2012-2013, Sarah collaborated with the territorial education departments in the NWT and Nunavut, leading a study to assess how new high school education on the difficult history of residential schools and assimilation policies in Canada influences critical thinking and civic engagement amongst youth. Previously, Sarah has worked in non-profit, municipal, territorial and federal government departments.
During her ski career, Sarah represented Canada in ten countries, including at Nordic World Championships (2007). She was an ambassador for “Fast and Female”, a non-profit supporting empowerment and leadership development for girls, founding their Northern Youth Empowerment program. She is often seen in her community mentoring young and aspiring athletes, sharing her dedication, spirit and love of sport. In 2013, Sarah was one of four Fort Smith community members presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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